Born and bred in Lancashire, Simona trained at The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama.
RECENTSimona recently played Ophelia in HAMLET at the Leeds Playhouse.She can also be seen in Mike Leigh’s most recent feature PETERLOO.
CURRENTLYSimona is currently playing the leading role of Mary in BE MY BABY until the 1st of June at the Leeds Playhouse as part of their Rep Ensemble Company.
"...This Ophelia is no pre-raphealite painting; it’s a raw depiction of a woman insane through grief and circumstances beyond her control"The Culture Vulture"...It is said that true acting is all about reacting, and if that is the case Bitmate will go very far indeed – her expressive eyes, her posture and her physicality speak volumes without her ever needing to say a word; quite a remarkable performance”Theatre Guide London
"...Simona Bitmate’s wounded, desolate Ophelia; The latter’s descent into madness (which can be excruciating in the wrong hands) brought tears to my eyes" British Theatre Guide
“...Definite plaudits have to go to Bitmate; she could be speaking for us all in this mysterious and atmospheric production”The Stage
"...Simona Bitmate’s Ophelia is remarkable, portraying beautifully the desperation of a young woman in love, driven to madness by the loss of her mother – this scene in particular creates a beautiful air of tension and discomfort that perfectly epitomises this classic tragedy”Theatre Full Stop
“...Bitmate plays the role with great sensitivity and vulnerability”The Public Reviews
“...Simona Bitmate certainly provided a high spot; it was a powerful monologue delivered with warmth and passion”The Stage
"...The doomed relationship between Hamlet and Ophelia is tender and believable, thanks in part to a beautifully underplayed interpretation from Simona Bitmate"Entertainment Focus"...Bitmate has a compelling quality of stillness”Evening Standard
"...Simona Bitmate’s truly sorrowful and melancholy Ophelia"Leeds Living
“...Simona Bitmate captures both her obstinacy and her isolation, keeping the audience on her side” British Theatre Guide
“...Bitmate gives an impressively physical performance”Exeunt
“...Bitmate remains compellingly enigmatic”Telegraph
“..Stand-out performance by Simona Bitmate as an anxious, doubtful and genuinely disturbed Ophelia"The Gryphon
“...A cat goddess, Simona Bitmate, who speaks and meows with equal effectiveness”The New York Times
“...The power of Bitmate’s performance comes from her elegant silence throughout”Islington Gazette
“...Bitmate is a mesmerising mixture of vulnerability and defiance”The Good Review
“...Simona Bitmate, conveying volumes without uttering a word”British Theatre Guide
"...Simona Bitmate is touching and wounding"North West End
Simona is represented by Gardner Herrity